For the Philippines's Tribal Folk, a Constant War Against 'Development Aggression'

RONALYN V. OLEA, Bulatlat.com - http://www.bulatlat.com/main/2009/09/11/for-the-philippines-tribal-folk-a-constant-war-against-development-aggression/
Date of publication: 
11 September, 2009

MANILA —- Aeta leader Nelson Mallari seemed to have unending stories on the plight of indigenous peoples in Central Luzon.
“Mining, military reservation and dam constructions dislocate indigenous peoples in the region,” Mallari, chairman of the Central Luzon Aeta Association (CLAA) and secretary-general of Katribu party list, told Bulatlat in Filipino. CLAA’s members include Aeta with six sub-tribes, Dumagats, Ilongots and Agta in Pampanga, Tarlac, Aurora and Zambales.
“Places we consider sacred are now up for grabs by mining companies,” Mallari said.

Mining mayhem triggers eco-disaster in Zambales

Jaemark Tordecilla, PCIJ- http://www.pcij.org/blog/?p=4177
Date of publication: 
18 August, 2009

Our latest offering is a two-part report on the mining mayhem that is now unfolding in Zambales province, one of the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Kiko last week. Earlier last year, the people of Zambales had endured a similar tragedy when Typhoon Cosme struck.

Zambales, widely held to be rich in nickel, chrome, gold and other mineral deposits, has lured a bevy of mining companies big and small. But the surge in mining operations, as the first part of the report reveals, is now taking its toll on the livelihood, the environment, and the safety and well-being of the residents.